I have caught myself asking the question “how many more days of this….” all weekend long. Dose three (yes I am counting) of the LTBI meds was this weekend, needless to say it was one of the most miserable weekends I have had in a while. Both Friday and Saturday night I didn’t get any rest until close to 5:00-6:00a.m. in the morning. I was able to get a few hours of sleep but it was not the most refreshing sleep I have had in my life. Although I should be thankful, I did get some sleep!!
I spent the weekend working on my projects, my proposal paper, and of course my dissertation. I am counting down the weeks, on July 23rd I am done with one class and on the July 31st I give a presentation finishing up my final independent study. Then I am done with coursework. I received notification to pick up my parking permit for campus and realized that I wouldn’t need one because I won’t be on campus but occasionally! It feels so good to say that! The 11 years of going to class week after week is almost done!! But then that also means that the mental struggle to NOT check out is in full swing too!! I just keep telling myself…just a few more weeks!!!!
My vacation has been pushed back until October 😦 The downside is I should still be going so that is good! I will need a break in October! 🙂 And I am going on a cruise in March…so many fun things to look forward too. Just have to finish this writing!
I spoke to a long time family friend today! We were talking about home and all that has changed. He brought up my Dad, in a way it felt good that people feel as if they can talk about him now. Those first few years…so few people brought him up…it still hurts to hear about it…mostly because it is hard to believe it has been 6+ years! He has missed a lot but I do think he would be proud of all that we (my sister and I) have accomplished with our lives! I would love to be Dr. Tucker by the time the 7th anniversary rolls around!
Speaking off…the date to aim for is Feb. 27th! I must have my final defense by this date in order to graduate in May!! YES MAY! But if I miss that deadline, as long as I defend by May 29th…I will be graduating in August 2015. I personally would prefer to graduate in August…mostly because it is a smaller ceremony, more intimate feel to it all….but I would have to pay tuition so then May maybe wouldn’t be so bad! 🙂
Either way, Lord willing, we are about a year from graduation! Once I am done with coursework, I am confident, I will get the writing done. I have a goal to spend no less than 4 hours a night writing on my dissertation with 2 nights a week off. That means if I start writing by 7:00p.m. each night and write/run analysis until 11:00p.m. that would be approximately 20 hours a week on writing. I am confident that I will make strides. And that amount of time is not even calculating all the time I can get on weekends! THIS IS DOABLE! I keep repeating that to myself!
Spoons and hugs! Stay confident in your journey!